Box Office Results for July 6, 2012

This weekend, the summer of super heroes continued with the top spot debut of The Amazing Spider-Man, which captured the number one spot over its extended holiday opening in North America.  Columbia and Marvel’s 3D reboot of the lucrative movie franchise grossed an estimated $65M over the Friday-to-Sunday frame and an exceptional $140M over the six days since its Tuesday launch.  It was the fifth best extended opening over the Independence Day holiday trailing Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($180.7M in 6.5 days in 2011), Spider-Man 2 ($180.1M in 6 days in 2004), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse ($176.4M in 6 days in 2010), and Transformers ($155.4M in 6.5 days in 2007).  Comparisons are not entirely fair since films debut in different ways with the actual 4ht of July holiday falling on a different day each year.

The Amazing Spider-Man averaged $15,053 from 4,318 locations over the weekend portion.  Appeal was broad but older males led the way.  Studio research showed that 58% of the crowd was male and 54% was 25 and older.  44% of the gross came from 3D screens, which was not too high.  $14.3M came from IMAX screens accounting for 10% of the six-day box office.  The first Spider-Man opened one decade ago in May 2002 swiping the all-time opening weekend record from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone while the most recent webslinger flick bowed just five years ago in May 2007 when Spider-Man 3 also set a new all-time opening weekend record taking the crown from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. The Amazing Spider-Man told the origin story once again before heading into a new hero tale.  The studio has the sequel already set for release on the first weekend of May in 2014.

The Andrew Garfield-led tentpole began its run with a $35.9M opening day on Tuesday.  Sales fell 35% to $23.3M on Wednesday for the 4th of July and then dipped 32% to $15.8M on Thursday giving it $75M in the bank before the weekend period began.  Friday rose 31% to $20.7M, Saturday climbed 15% to $23.9M, and Sunday fell back 14% to $20.5M.  Reviews were mixed but generally upbeat and audiences were happy with what they paid to see as the CinemaScore grade was an A-.  The webslinger has 11 days of super hero business to itself before the July 20 launch of The Dark Knight Rises, which is expected to deliver the second biggest debut of the year crushing all foes in the process.

Overseas, where The Amazing Spider-Man could really mind most of its money, results were strong with an estimated $129.1M this weekend from 70 markets boosting the international total to $201.6M and the worldwide haul to $341.2M.  Top new debuts were $18.1M in the U.K., $10.8M from Russia, Mexico with $9.6M, $8M from France, and Australia at $7.5M.  Holdover cumes were led by $25.2M in Korea and $20.7M in Japan.

Last week’s top film Ted enjoyed a solid sophomore hold despite the arrival of a super hero tentpole grossing an estimated $32.6M for second place.  The Seth MacFarlane comedy is benefiting from good word-of-mouth and a lack of competition for comedies for grown-ups right now.  Dropping only 40%, the Universal and Media Rights Capital release has upped its ten-day tally to $120.2M and seems headed for an amazing finish near the $200M mark.  Ted cost only $50M to produce.  Also faring well was the 3D animated hit Brave, which slipped 41% to an estimated $20.2M in its third round holding steady in the bronze medal position.  The Pixar release has collected an impressive $174.5M to date.

Oliver Stone was back with his latest film Savages, which opened in fourth place with a solid $16.2M, according to estimates.  The Universal and Relativity release averaged $6,150 from 2,628 locations and played to mature adults and the director’s fan base.  It was the third biggest career debut for Stone after 2010’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and 2006’s World Trade Center.  Produced for $45M, the drug thriller Savages was based on the best-selling novel and stars Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro, and Salma Hayek.  Reviews were mixed.  The R-rated film skewed older with 61% of the audience being 30 and older while the gender split was even with females accounting for 51% of the crowd.  A troubling C+ CinemaScore puts into question the road ahead, however no new films aimed at adults will open next weekend.

Channing Tatum’s hit stripper drama Magic Mike fell badly in its second weekend dropping 60% to an estimated $15.6M for Warner Bros. and Nick Wechsler.  With $72.8M in ten days, Magic Mike will need to hold up better in the days ahead in order to finish with $100M.

Madea’s Witness Protection suffered the usual steep sophomore fall that Tyler Perry films see.  The Lionsgate and TPS pic fell 60% to an estimated $10.2M boosting the cume to $45.8M on its way to a $60M conclusion.  Paramount and DreamWorks Animation followed with their 3D winner Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, which took in an estimated $7.7M, off just 35%, for a cume of $196M thus far.

The 3D pop music documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me bowed in eighth place with modest results grossing an estimated $7.2M over the Friday-to-Sunday span and $10.3M since opening on Thursday.  The Insurge and Imagine release was aimed at teen and tween girls and failed to make it past the mulit-platinum singer’s fan base.  Playing in 2,730 theaters, the PG-rated pic averaged a dull $2,619 over the weekend.  Reviews were good but mostly irrelevant from a commercial perspective since the target audience puts zero value into what middle-aged film critics have to say.

The studio saw much better results from pop singer Justin Bieber last year when his 3D concert biopic Justin Bieber: Never Say Never bowed to $30.3M.  Katy Perry: Part of Me had similar marketing gimmicks like special advance showings and interactive engagement with fans over social media.  Studio research showed that 81% of the audience was female and 72% was under 25.  What little good news the film saw was from it’s A CinemaScore and low $12M budget.

Wes Anderson’s critical darling Moonrise Kingdom eased a scant 6% to an estimated $4.6M giving Focus and Indian Paintbrush $26.9M to date.  The upscale crowd is still turning out for this as the top smarthouse choice of the moment.  Woody Allen’s latest offering To Rome With Love expanded nationwide in its third frame and grossed an estimated $3.5M from 806 theaters for a modest $4,345 average.  It was a weaker showing than the veteran filmmaker’s hit from last summer Midnight in Paris, which made $5.8M in its first weekend of wide play last June in its fourth round.  To Rome With Love has met with far less love from critics than Midnight in Paris did and sits at a total of $5.3M for Sony Classics.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $182.7M, which was up 30% from last year when Paramount Pictures and Hasbro’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon remained at number one with $47.1M; and was even with 2010 when Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me debuted on top with $56.4M.


July 6, 2012 to July 8, 2012 Top Ten



1.   The Amazing Spider-Man

2.   Ted

  • $32,593,000
  • a Universal release (NBCUniversal)
  • Media Rights Capital

3.   Brave

  • $20,162,000
  • Pixar Animation Studios (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

4.   Savages

  • $16,162,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal) and Relativity Media

5.   Magic MIke

6.   Madea’s Witness Protection

7.   Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

8.   Katy Perry: Part of Me

  • $7,150,000
  • Insurge Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group) and Imagine Entertainment

9.   Moonrise Kingdom

  • $4,642,000
  • a Focus release (NBCUniversal)
  • Indian Paintbrush

10. To Rome With Love

  • $3,502,000
  • Sony Pictures Classics (Sony Pictures Entertainment)


July 8, 2011 to July 10, 2011 Top Ten



1.   Transformers: Dark of the Moon

  • $47,025,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group) and Hasbro

2.   Horrible Bosses

3.   Zookeeper

4.   Cars 2

  • $15,209,000
  • Pixar Animation Studios (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

5.   Bad Teacher

  • $9,000,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

6.   Larry Crowne

7.   Super 8

  • $4,825,000
  • Paramount Pictures (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)

8.   Monte Carlo

9.   Green Lantern

10. Mr. Popper’s Penguins


July 9, 2010 to July 11, 2010 Top Ten



1.   Despicable Me

  • $56,397,000
  • Illumination Entertainment (NBCUniversal)

2.   The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

3.   Predators

4.   Toy Story 3

  • $21,016,000
  • Pixar Animation Studios (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

5.   The Last Airbender

6.   Grown Ups

  • $15,807,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment), Relativity Media, and Happy Madison Productions

7.   Knight and Day

  • $7,719,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group) and Regency Enterprises

8.   The Karate Kid

  • $5,366,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

9.   The A-Team

  • $1,752,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group)

10. Cyrus

~ by Matt Whitfield on July 11, 2012.

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